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COVID-19 Update - Classes and Residence

As announced previously, all classes are cancelled this week. Courses will resume Monday, March 23 in an alternative-format delivery; no face-to-face classes or face-to-face exams will be held for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester. All students who are still living in campus residences are asked to vacate their residences as soon as possible. Students who are unable to do so should contact Student Housing. We will continue to provide services to students who cannot leave campus, although students may be required to move between residences, among other changes.

COVID-19 Update from the President – March 13, 2020

I am announcing some major decisions that will affect all students, faculty and staff at all three of our campuses. I know that these changes will be disruptive and require all of us to do things differently, but we believe this is best for our University community. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease on any U of G campuses or research stations. Our focus is on keeping the virus off of our campuses. As well, our University needs to do its part in the fight against COVID-19 in the Guelph region and beyond.

Short-Term Appointment, Admin Assistant to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to welcome Michelle Ragany in a short-term appointment as Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. The appointment commences immediately and will conclude on August 28, 2020.

In this role, Ragany provides assistance in the operations and management of research and graduate studies projects. She aids in the coordination, enhancement and promotion of OAC research activities and provides support on graduate related matters such as recruitment projects, funding and enrolment data.

New Aquaculture Prof

The Department of Animal Biosciences is pleased to welcome Dr. David Huyben to the department as an Assistant Professor in aquaculture. Huyben will begin his role in July 2020.

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New Food Industry Economics and Management Prof

The Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jose Nuno-Ledesma as an assistant professor in Food Industry Economics and Management. He began in his role on January 2, 2020.

Amar Mohanty in salmon coloured suit

OAC Names Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials

Prof. Amar Mohanty, an internationally renowned researcher, has been appointed as the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) Distinguished Research Chair in Sustainable Biomaterials effective February 1, 2020.

Mohanty, director of the Bio-Products Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), focuses on engineering new sustainable materials and innovations in bioproducts to reduce society’s use of fossil fuels for mitigating climate change.

Celebrating Canada's Agriculture Day 2020

"Let’s raise a fork to the food we love and the people who produce it! This February, celebrate Canadian agriculture and food both online and with friends, family and co-workers, and let everyone know how you feel about this awesome industry." -Canada's Agriculture Day website

Canada’s Agriculture Day 2020 is on February 11. To celebrate we asked our students about the importance of agriculture. Here is what they had to say:

Ridgetown Campus begins search for next campus Director and new academic lead

Two leadership searches have commenced to support growth at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus.

An external search has been launched for the 11th director of the campus in preparation for the successful completion of Ken McEwan’s time as Ridgetown Campus director.

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